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Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive Collection

The Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project works to collect, curate, and share materials from Palmyra's history, starting with its first recorded discovery in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2000. Learn more about PADA and our passion for Palmyra's history, by visiting our website, at PalmyraArchive.org


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In 1980, family members of employees for the Civil Aeronautics Authority (forerunner to the FAA), who had lived and worked on Palmyra in the late 1940s, reunited on the atoll. They spent time walking the islands and exploring the much delapadated buildings and facilities their colony had occupied. These photos and other items from the CAA colony were donated to our archive by Eugene Norton, who, as a young child, lived on Palmyra with his family. This material was scanned and catalogued as part...
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From 1940 to 1947, the US Navy illegally claimed ownership of Palmyra, quickly establishing a base of operations and beginning a series of massive construction projects. Its legal owners, the Fullard-Leo family of Hawaii, spent the whole of that time (and much of their financial resources) suing to restore their ownership. Finally, in 1947, they won their court case and control of Palmyra was returned to them. Shortly after, representatives, including oldest son Leslie, visited to asses the...
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In January of 1942, photos of Palmyra were taken and sent to PRISIC (Photographic Reconnaissance and Interpretation Section, Intelligence Center) for analysis of the Navy's construction progress, focusing on the communication facilities. Many thanks to the Special Collections team at the University of Miami Library, for finding and sharing these photos, which are part of their Pan-American Airways collection. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive...
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Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive Collection
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
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In the late 1940's, several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked in the remains of the WW2 Naval base on the Palmyra Atoll. The residents published a weekly periodical called the Palmyra Circle, filled with news and highlights on events around the atoll. Edited by Otto Hornung, an eccentric Pacific hermit, hired to manage the colony's facilities and resources, the Circle ran from 1947 to 1949. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra...
Topics: palmyra atoll, palmyra island, history, pacific ocean, south pacific, islands, usfws, nature...